EIHL: Mixed fortunes for top two, with Giants going down to Coventry

Last Updated: 20/11/12 4:23pm

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Tom Sestito: scored for the Steelers in their victory over Belfast

Tom Sestito: scored for the Steelers in their victory over Belfast

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Sheffield Steelers moved level on points with second-placed Belfast Giants in the Elite League table after contrasting overtime fortunes for the two sides.

The Steelers overcame Dundee Stars 4-3 despite Sami Ryhanen netting a hat-trick for their opponents.

Tylor Michel was Sheffield's match-winner after Jeff Legue, Tom Sestito and Shawn Limpright scored in regulation time for the visitors in Scotland.

Ryhanen's third of the night forced an extra period, with Michel netting 1.54 into it to make sure the Steelers would take home the extra point.


Belfast, meanwhile, went down 5-4 to Coventry Blaze. Brad Leeb scored twice in the third period and again in overtime to turn the game around for Coventry after Belfast had led 3-1.

Andrew Fournier (two) and Noah Clarke put Belfast on top but Leeb and Mike Schutte added to Dustin Cameron's earlier goal to make it 4-3. Jeff Mason forced overtime but Leeb had the final say.

Stuart Macrae scored twice for Cardiff Devils as they beat Braehead Clan 7-5.

The Devils led 4-1 after the first period with NHL lockout Paul Bissonnette getting the opener with 72 seconds on the clock.

However, two goals in as many minutes got the home team back in the contest in the second period before they drew level in the last at five apiece.

Cardiff, though, battled back ahead through Phil Hill before Mac Fualkner grabbed an empty-netter in the closing stages.

Saturday's other match saw Fife Flyers edge a tight Scottish derby against Edinburgh Capitals by a 2-1 scoreline, Kris Hogg grabbing the winning goal.

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